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New project: Better support for the families of Lambeth and Southwark

Staff from the Race Equality Foundation’s Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) programme are taking part in a major project over the next six months with Impact on Urban Health, Shift Design Consultants, and the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities programme to speak directly to parents about their parenting needs and anxieties, find out more about their experience of parenting support and identify local community priorities to inform service development.

It is a truly innovative approach which will see collaboration across funders, parenting programme developers and deliverers, community leaders and parents in Lambeth and Southwark, in a co-produced study. The project is currently recruiting parents who live in the two boroughs to put themselves forward for a conversation with one of the team.  All parents who take part will receive a £50 voucher for their time.  Further information and the form to sign up can be found here and we urge any parent resident in the borough to put themselves forward. 

The research will identify ways to support a stronger landscape of parenting support in Lambeth and Southwark, prioritising some of the communities who are currently least served. It is a perfect opportunity for the Race Equality Foundation to continue to highlight how services can better meet the needs of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, as well as share learning from the strategies and successes of SFSC. As a programme that is constantly looking for opportunities to improve and learn from feedback from those that it seeks to serve, this is an excellent opportunity to assess our model in the light of the research finding.

As well as internal learning, we are optimistic that this project will strengthen relationships between existing and emerging community actors and assets in the two boroughs and help everyone involved understand the practical and more systemic issues that can prevent some parents from accessing current parenting support programmes.  We would also hope that this will lead to improved service planning and development by commissioners, as well as support investment decisions by the funder, Impact on Urban Health, as part of their latest 10-year programme plans.

Find out more about the project here.

Leandra Box is Programme Manager at the Race Equality Foundation.